Emily - Moby max refund came through, you also see the BWW lunch, and Walk-A-Thon check came through. Drama donation due to Suessical error from last year.
Miss Cole - A few parents and teachers have asked about the tippy stool, would we be able to get more? We will resend the link to the teachers so they can access the Google drive and get a request form. The date has been sent for science fair. There is some need for more chromebooks, or to replace the netbooks with the chromebooks.
What to spend Walk-A-Thon money on?
Upper el classes need some upgrades on the playground. What can we put in on the playground for them? Megan will look into some options other than climbers. We need to get a move on. If we look to replace the netbooks with some chromebooks, how many would we need? Most classroom has 4 or five netbooks. Maybe if we can replace some every year? Let’s look at replacing 2 for every classroom and then filling out the ipad cart so there is an even 30 for the cart.
Second roller rink party - This will happen in February. Amber Davis coordinated this.
Holiday shop - December 14 &15, Monday and Tuesday. Our order should arrive tomorrow. We ordered through the dollar store. Everything will be $1. We will need to request tables. Set up will take place Sunday evening. Can we give out an envelope for the students who don’t have money, so they are not pulled out seperately to shop? Or maybe if the teachers could make a list of those who may need assistance to shop? We did feed the high schoolers last year, and we can do that again. Check for meal restrictions with the high schoolers.
Teacher Christmas gifts - Amber has an idea!
Box Tops & Labels - Tanya - Octobers batch went in. We just sent in another batch. We are doing away with sending home the worksheets every week. Box top challenge is still in the works.
Standing desks - Deater and Mrs. Zocco have interest in purchasing standing desks. Some of the standing desks have stool options, and a fidget bar for their feet. Some have shelves or pockets. They usually run from $200-300 a piece. Could we try these out to see if these will work for some of our more active students? If we do two or three of these, we can reevaluate later to see if they work well. We could also get more of the hokki stools too.
Science Fair - February 23 will be the day! Ferris students do a small presentation, can we give the $20 per group to pay for their expenses?
Assembly - let’s get a science assembly going in February
Mr. Shewan - We need to get a move on some ideas for him. Let’s do a surprise assembly as well. Let’s do this starting in January, we talked about giving each grade a month to do something special. Give him a joke book, letting the kids write the jokes.
January 6 will be the next meeting!!
-Chrome books have gone through!
- Mrs. Krebs - Thank you for the scholastic book wish list!! Lots of chatter about what to buy!! The science fair went over well, especially considering the weather. Angie Mishler was a big help for this event. It went over really well. Some thought there could be more time to allow for people to get to everything. Ipads are going over well. It seems like they is getting more and more use. Would a training session on the ipads be useful?? A training may already in the works.
-Mrs. Quinlan - Resource room could use a prescription for mobimax which runs $90 for the year. It is $600 for the school for the year. The free version is limited access. It would be very fitting for the resource room to have full access. We approve to give her the $100 for the remainder of the year. A Leaptag pen would be another piece that could be very helpful. Some people have some that can be donated.
- Academic and title report. March is reading month is up and running. There are also a lot of events going on throughout the month. Testing is coming up. And the book fair is also coming up. Parent teacher conferences invitation only is coming up on the March 19. The playground will likely be under water shortly. First testing will start in April. Thanks again for all your support.
- Calling all Moms was a huge success. Also, movie night was a huge success. Is it possible to do another one? We will have to check with the licensing to see if we can swing it. Could we find a time at the end of May to schedule another one?
- Lucky to Have You (dads day) will not take place on St. Patricks Day. Perhaps the Friday that week would work? Monday the 16th should work. Let’s get shamrock cookies for that morning as well.
-Book Fair - Will Angie sell the smencils on the book fair night? The dinner will cost $290. Ms. Kent has a fund that can cover the cost. We qualified for the deluxe book fair this time. Can we cancel library again over the week? We will have book fair Monday through Wednesday in the gym and Thursday and Friday in the library. So we will move book fair from gym to library after book fair night Wednesday. We will need to order the tables, can we get the tables on Friday March 13? In March, we typically buy each student a book. We can use our scholastics money for that. We should be able to stick to about $5 or less per book. Book Fair will be open during school hours for the week of March 16-20. We will have two raffle baskets like last time. There will also be a reading night going on that Wednesday.
-We will be getting a renovation on the playground.
-Panera is doing a fundraiser night. You have to bring in a certain number of flyers to get a good percentage back. Should we look into this? Should we send out some feelers to see if any parents would be interested in it?
-Second grade wants to go on a field trip to Meijer gardens. It would be about $1400, so they are thinking of scrapping it. Can we ask the parents to put forth $5 per student to help offset the cost? Let’s get the paperwork from them and see if we could swing it. They are also considering going to the nature center as well.
-Lynn Scheible at ArtWorks contacted Emily about doing art with the 4th grade. Ms. Kent has a meeting with her and will discuss this further.
-Recycle Week coming up in April.
-Mrs. Booher the librarian asked for a die cutter machine. They run about $50 per letter. Perhaps get more specifics to see what exactly she needs.
-Box Tops Competition at Ferris or at the High School. Maybe at the start of next year.Box Tops are down, but it is mostly because they aren’t making any of the bonus tops right now.
-Amber will call Pizza Hut and ask about the Book It.
-The kids keep asking about a black light party. They also have requested music over the speaker at lunch recess.
-We are looking at June 1 or 2 for the health fair.
-After all other expenses, we paid out $40+ dollars for the Holiday shop, which is great! Money from Box Tops and Match Day as well. January was a pretty quiet month.
-Playground-Meeting on the 10th to go over playground info. We are anticipating being asked to pay for a structure of some sort on the playground. Ms. Kent prefers a K-2 unit and also a gaga pit. Are they considering eliminating anything on the playground?? There have been a lot injury's on the monkey bars.
Teacher Report - Mrs. Scheible
- Teachers needs - K could use another iPad to facilitate centers or in-class academic time.
-Field Trips-K, 2, & 3 are looking at field trips. K wants to go to The Childrens Museum in GR. 2 wants to go to a Nature center in Cedar Springs. 3 wants to go to a place in Howard City. 4 does a lot of little things in April/May usually.
-Scholastic resources and the catalog - the teacher are all looking at it. After the next book fair, we should be sitting on about $5000. K teachers looking at a listening center for the ipads, we should go ahead and order them now. They do not have ipads through scholastics however. Have not heard from some of the other teachers yet as to what they are interested in. We want to let the teachers know that we want to get these things for them, we don’t want them to be afraid to ask!! All the teachers got $250 and $1500 worth of books for classrooms and $1000 for the library. Want to do a reading night on the book fair night. Have a bigger book fair night and a dinner on March 18th. Do the center hall for the reading night. We can give a gift certificate to the book fair for the raffle. We ran the math night from 5:30 - 7:30 and will run the same times for the reading night.
-Super Teacher worksheets - we will not pair with Brookside
-Technology - 30 iPads for the cart, 10 iPads for K, and 5 Chromebooks
-We have bought 10 chromebooks but we have yet to see them. We are also waiting on the soccer nets, though we are waiting for the playground info to come back before moving forward.
-We have a logo for walk-a-thon sponsored items.
-Calling all Moms coming up.
-Dads day - Perhaps around St. Pattys “We’re lucky to have you” maybe with some shamrock cookies, etc.
-Movie night - Honors kids will have their sign up tomorrow, so we will know how many to expect. If we have enough, we can do a drop off event. Big Hero Six will be the movie.
-Book Fair - what are we gonna serve? We have done both nachos and spaghetti in the past. Walking tacos?? Our theme is something to do with music. We do not have to go through the school for the food. Nachos were a big hit last year. Ms. Kent may have an idea of how many we served. We did brownies for dessert last year, and it worked well. Let’s keep everything through the food service to keep things simple.
-We have qualified for a premium book fair this time around, so it will be bigger. It worked really well to have library cancelled for the week last time, we will shoot for that again.
-We will need to get the gym reserved and secure about 15 tables.
-Recycle week in April: Going to put a reminder on the board for ink cartridges. We are also going to do smencils, and markers as well. What about recycled batteries??
-Walk-a-thon - Ms. Kent has brought up the idea of a Read-a-thon. Would it be a conflict with our initial “one ask”?? We don’t want to confuse parents and the community about our “one ask.” Should we consider a Buffalo Wild Wings night?? Emily will call them and set up a meeting with the BWWs person. Mrs. Scheible will get us a reliable contact. Does Pizza Hut do a Book It?? Amber will look into the Book It. These will maybe be a better approach for this years reading month.
-We are also collecting Aunt Millie’s and Tysons labels.
Next Meeting March 4th at 6:30!
To instill in all Riverview students a healthy self-image, a love of learning and the desire to achieve their best in tomorrow's world.
Approval of December minutes
Teacher Report - Mrs. Defever
-Thanks to PTO and parents for everything you do! Teachers request for Super Teacher Worksheet. Last one done by Cathy Klarecki. Cheaper if both schools (with Brookside) do it. Maybe join together? Emily will contact Katie Thomas to see if they are interested. We did do it singly last year. $100 cheaper per school to do it together. Can use it now, will expire in May.
-Field trips for teachers - trying to encourage every teacher to take a field trip. Field trips have not taken as many recently because of low funds. Teachers are on board with getting it to happen.
Principal report - Ms. Kent
-Had a great end of year (2014). Everyone was very calm and tired yesterday! Reflex was not happening during Christmas break. Remember that it is a good tool when school is not in session.
-Cart and ipad airs come Monday. Looking to put apps onto the ipads to use. Title 1 school - when we buy reflex ($3000-4000), we need to show how we are using it and taking advantage of it.
-No other major happenings this month. Valentine party next month. New kitchen staff. Getting more chromebooks as well. Total of 36 ipads - 26 on the cart. Ms. Quinlan just got a projector and smartboard as well. We are very fortunate to have these technologies!!
-Holiday Shop - It was a little chaotic!! The company we went through has been a little difficult, we have not paid in yet. Though, we still be ahead though. Do we want to go through this company again? Maybe, just buy our own stuff from the Dollar Store, etc? The company we went through last year was of a better quality. Could we involve community members in terms of homemade scarves, pot holders, etc? Should we make everything $1 next year? Or a table for $1 and $5 items. Brookside does it that way, we should check with them to see what they do.
-Soccer Nets? - we will revisit again later
-Problem with BWW meals for walk-a-thon. We will probably need to just purchase the meals and hand them out. We have 46 that we need to hand out. Let’s just buy them for this year and will figure out a better plan for next year.
-Gaga pit - can we look at donations to get that going? What is going on with the playground? Draining issue with the playground - it will be in our best interest to wait.
-Something for Dads - a big sign like “You the Man”
-Calling all moms - a little celebration of moms that happens at Valentines Day.
-Calling all dads maybe in April? Doughnuts for Dads?
-Book Fair - week of March 16th. Book fair theme is Under the Sea. But the schools reading month theme will be different.
-Box Tops, etc - Just received check for $1800+ dollars!!! We collect them year round, so keep sending them in!!! Maybe release the amount we made at the end of the year.
-Next Movie Night - Feb. 13th?? Optometry students that need hours, could we do a Parents Night Out and leave the kids with the optometry students in the gym? Only school age kids then? Big Hero Six out Feb. 23. Could we reserve the gym and have a fun night there? Donations optional? Charity event? Angels of Action?
Let’s do February 27th movie night with Big Hero Six and charity donations for Angels of Action. Pre-register so we can see how many we will have? 98 people at the first movie night and we fit comfortably in our gym. Keep it here at Riverview.
-Teacher Appreciation Week - first week of May. The teachers would really like to see new chairs for the lounge. Can we redo the lounge?? We also have a bunch of labels points that we can use for gifts as well. Lounge wish list??
Next Meeting Feb. 4th!!
-Still working on incentives
-Brookside never came through with meals from BWW & Wendys
-Lunch with Ms. Kent - 18 kids - ride Dial-A-Ride $2 /student - inexpensive kids meals at BWW , have Big Red come and collect the kids, Nov. 19
-Homecoming also successful
-Box Tops - $1,800 coming Dec!!
-Book Fair - 500 less than this time last year, still good. We bought about 1000 in books for teachers/library
-Smencils - went over well, a little confusing having it next to the Book Fair
-Sucker questions? - some new laws to consider - regulations on snacks and etc. during school hours
-Change the dance party - make it bigger and better
-Definitely want to keep it inside - expand hours
-Keep it mostly the same, but a little bigger and better
-Keep it to the first Saturday in October
-Need to keep the momentum going into the second year
-Want to keep the parents in the know about what we want to do with the money raised from the walk-a-thon
-Hype up the prizes that were earned this year
-We don’t want to lose momentum going into the second year!!!
-Try to grow with incentives
-Will need to revamp our corporate letters and price points for next year
-Match Day - need people to cover 10-6. Takes place on November 11. takes place in a ballroom at the Holiday Inn. Miracle in Mecosta theme.
-Biggby night - November 10th. 4-7pm Coupons to pass out. Can also share on social media to spread the word.
- Movie Night - November 21 - show Mr. Peabody & Sherman - info to go out on Friday the 18th. To start at 6:30pm
-Holiday shop - Dec. 16-18 - same process as before. Will need people to man the shop througout the day. Want to sponsor those who cannot afford to shop.
-Wreath sales kicked off last week.
-Tyson chicken - 24 cents/label. Jar to collect labels will be in the office.
Want to send out an email to keep everyone informed as far as boxtops/labels/tyson/shoparoo. Have envelopes attached to the bulletin board so it is easy to have parents drop them.
-Grant writing team - Erin & Dave - working on grant writing to benefit the school.
-Recycle week - sometime in the spring to do a recycle week which could include funding factory, crayola, and smencils. Milk jugs in April. Some kind of treat reward with that. Have buckets for each in the school. Put up fun facts about recycling to put up on the board.
-March is reading month. Will also have book fair that month as well.
-Riverview Rocks shirt in the spring? Trophy & shirts place said he would donate shirts to class with the winning design. Perhaps doing shirts again in the fall. Put out a last call for T-shirt orders again as well.
-Back to Walk-a-Thon. Make it bigger!!
-Chrome books are a hot item around the school. Small laptop that runs the reflex math, reading and etc. Teachers use them all time.
-Put out a notice for Art volunteers?? Several parents may be able/willing to
volunteer for art time.
-The playground flooding issue should hopefully be covered by the sinking fund.
-We want to use the money for something visible, so everyone can see where the money goes.
-Gaga pit? Pictures of kids in the halls?